There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene.
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A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. MSI were kind enough to courier me proo2 latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.
There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are performed at the default system speed of Mhz 9 x and Mhz 9 x showing the improvements to be gained both in clock speed and memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock.
Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none.
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Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the K77t266. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.
I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!
It was run at default clocks and display settings at 9 x just to check that everything was working as far as the KTA AGP driver was concerned and the following score illustrates that perfectly.
This is in mei to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make the board perform well and no high performance defaults pro22 is provided. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it.
Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work.
Physical installation of the board was a cinch. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main peo2 to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene. But what do we get over the KT? At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine por2 the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.
Beginners Guides Cases and Access. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive and highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well.
I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here pgo2 Hexus labs due to time constraints in k7f266 the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected.
Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.
I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. I don’t know whether it’s the test configuration since other reviews of this board seem to have great performance and there may very well be issues running the KTA on the test setup we’re using here.
It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.
However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?